Goodreads Synopsis:

Jo Greaver is a model of success. Young and ambitious, she’s built a thriving beauty business from nothing. But she has secrets she’ll do anything to keep buried. When her blackmailer offers to meet, Jo expects to pay him off—but gets a bullet instead. Bleeding and in shock, Jo flees with no one to turn to.

When NYPD detective Sheryn Sterling and her partner, Rafael Mendoza, find Andray Baxter murdered in his own home—shot through the heart—everything points to Jo as the killer. Her blood is at the scene, and so are disturbing photos of her taken as a young teen. But Sheryn has doubts. Was the kindhearted Andray really a criminal? Why did he repeatedly report finding spyware in his apartment? Was there something shady about Jo’s sister dying a year earlier?

Something’s not right, and it’s up to Sheryn to piece together the sinister puzzle, no matter the cost.

My Mini Thoughts

I love a book where there is a case to solve, and this is no exception.  Jo is one of those characters that is hard not to root for. She has risen up from her past to become a successful businesswoman.  Jo has tried so hard to keep her past in the past, but someone wants it front and center, and she can’t let that happen. Unfortunately being blackmailed is nothing new to her.

What follows is a whirlwind of a police investigation. The chapters alternate between Jo and Sheryn, the detective assigned to work her case.  After Jo is injured in the shootout with her blackmailer, she is quickly apprehended. The other detectives think this is an open and shut case.  The evidence is mounting against Jo. She is seen running from the scene and the gun used to shoot her blackmailer is in her bag, although Jo insists she threw it in the window.  However the more Sheryn investigates, the more she doubts Jo is guilty.

This is book #2 in this series, but it can be read as a stand alone.  I went back and read the synopsis for the first book, and this series is about Detective Sheryn!  I really liked her character, so I may need to read that one also.

While this book started off slow, it really picked up the pace.  I love a good detective book, especially when the detective thinks there is more to the case than meets the eye!

Thank you to the author, Hilary Davidson, for sending this my way!  This book published today, so go out and grab your copy! 

Book Rating 4/5

For the grand finale this would pair nicely with a Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon.